Current consultations

The Board undertakes wide-ranging consultation on proposals that affect the profession.

Consultation is an important part of the Board’s engagement with members of the psychology profession, members of the public and other stakeholders. The feedback provided via consultation is greatly valued, and informs the Board’s development of important documents.

Where there are consultations open for input, they will be shown below.

Where there are consultations which have closed, they will be shown under Past Consultations, along with the submissions that were received. The Board publishes submissions received on the website to encourage discussion and inform the community and stakeholders, unless requested otherwise. There may be circumstances under which submissions may not be published. Please refer to the consultation paper for details of how submissions will be treated.


Public Consultation paper on the proposal to retire the 4+2 internship pathway to general registration

Released: 29 March 2018
Closes: 1 June 2018

The Psychology Board of Australia (the Board) has published Public consultation paper 31: Reducing regulatory burden: Retiring the 4+2 pathway to general registration.

The Board is seeking feedback on the proposal to retire the 4+2 internship pathway to general registration in favour of the 5+1 internship pathway.

The consultation paper is now available and the Board will accept submissions until close of business (AEST) Friday 1 June 2018. Please also refer to the Board’s answers to frequently asked questions about the proposal.

Please provide written submissions in Word format by email, marked ‘Consultation – Proposal to retire the 4+2 internship pathway' to psychconsultation@ahpra.gov.au.


Public consultation on review of accreditation arrangements – assignment of accreditation functions

National Boards and the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA) are consulting on future accreditation arrangements from mid-2019, when the current term of assignment of accreditation functions ends.

Released: 17 April 2018
Closes: 14 May 2018

The National Law sets out the accreditation functions in the National Scheme; these include developing accreditation standards, accrediting programs of study against approved accreditation standards and assessing overseas qualified practitioners.

It is each National Board’s decision as to whether the accreditation functions for the profession it regulates will be carried out by an external accreditation body or a committee established by the Board. If the National Board decides on an external organisation, AHPRA enters a contract with them which specifies the scope of accreditation functions and sets out associated reporting requirements and funding arrangements. If the National Board decides on a committee, these matters are specified in terms of reference. 

National Boards will take feedback into account in making decisions about the assignment of accreditation functions from mid 2019. Feedback will also be considered in the next phase of the review, which will involve establishing new agreements with external accreditation authorities and terms of reference for accreditation committees. 

AHPRA and the National Boards invite feedback from practitioners, stakeholders and the community.

You can provide feedback using one of the following options:

  • Complete the survey by 12pm on 14 May 2018  OR 
  • Email a submission marked ‘Scheduled review of accreditation assignments’ to accreditationreview@ahpra.gov.au by 12pm on 14 May 2018.

Submissions to this consultation may be published on the AHPRA website. There may be circumstances under which submissions may not be published. Published submissions will include the names of individuals and/or organisations that made the submission unless confidentiality is requested.


Public consultation on the draft guideline for informing a National Board about where you practise

The Psychology Board of Australia has published a consultation paper on the draft guideline for informing a National Board about where you practise.

Released: 13 April 2018
Closes: 25 May 2018

In September 2017, the Queensland Parliament passed the Health Practitioner Regulation National Law and Other Legislation Amendment Bill 2017. The Bill contained a set of amendments to the Health Practitioner Regulation National Law (the National Law), as in force in each state and territory except Western Australia. Corresponding legislation has also been passed in Western Australia. These amendments include changes to the information a registered health practitioner is required to provide about their practice arrangements when requested by the National Board (referred to as ‘practice information’). The draft guideline has been developed to assist registered health practitioners to provide practice information in a way that meets their obligation under the National Law.

The Board invites feedback from practitioners, stakeholders and the community. Please provide any written submissions by email, marked, ‘Draft guidelines: Informing a National Board about where you practise to nationallawamendments@ahpra.gov.au by close of business on 25 May 2018. Submissions by post should be addressed to the Executive Officer, NRAS Review, AHPRA, GPO Box 9958, Melbourne VIC 3001.

Submissions to this consultation may be published on the AHPRA website. There may be circumstances under which submissions may not be published. Published submissions will include the names of individuals and/or organisations that made the submission unless confidentiality is requested.  

 
 
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